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Wofford College is an independent, undergraduate college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Wofford's mission is to provide superior liberal arts education that prepares its students for extraordinary and positive contributions to society. The focus is upon fostering commitment to excellence in character, performance, leadership, service to others, and life-long learning.
Wofford offers the BA and BS degrees in 24 majors. The college operates on a 4-1-4 academic calendar that features a January Interim. Almost 10 percent of Wofford's living alumni practice medicine, dentistry or other health-care professions, and more than 660 graduates are attorneys or judges, including three of the five justices of the S.C. Supreme Court and two judges of the US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
1,100 students, equally divided among men and women. More than 90 percent of the students live on campus in residence halls. About 90 percent of the freshmen return for their sophomore year, and graduation rates exceed 75 percent.
150 acres in downtown Spartanburg. The central campus is a National Historic District, and five of the six original buildings are still in active use. The Wofford College Arboretum, opened in November 2002, encompasses the entire campus, and nearly 4,500 "noble trees" have been planted since 1994.
A member of the Southern Conference, Wofford is the smallest college or university in the country competing at the NCAA Division I-AA level in football- but still achieved a national ranking and a 9-3 record in 2002. The college's facilities are used by the NFL Carolina Panthers for summer training.
- Wofford was the first independent college in South Carolina to receive a chapter for a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa (1941). According to US News, it ranks in the top 40 percent of the "national liberal arts colleges."
- In the 2003 edition of the Fiske Guide, Wofford was chosen as one of only 22 Private College Best Buys, and Barron's Best Buys in College Education also features Wofford. Wofford is included on Princeton Review's list of colleges and universities where students are happiest with financial aid services.
- Wofford students provide Spartanburg human service agencies with more than 1500 hours of volunteer support each week during the academic year. The student-run Twin Towers program provides important coordination and college support for this effort.
- According to the Open Doors 2002 Survey, Wofford ranked in the top three among the nation's colleges and universities in providing studies abroad experiences for its students. Opportunities include traveling seminars led by faculty during the January Interim to a full-year of study at foreign universities.